Thursday, 7 November 2002

Aria Legend Plexiglass guitar

Another guitar I'm selling...

This is an Aria Legend solid electric guitar, based loosely on the stylings of the now legendary Fender Jazzmaster guitar. It features two powerful humbucking pickups, 1 volume, 1 tone and 3-way pickup selector, a 22-fret neck with rosewood fingerboard, and body and headstock made from clear perspex making this guitar look ultra cool. The perspex headstock is scarfed onto a wooden neck (which looks like maple) and the joint is absolutely seamless.

The extremely dense body material makes this guitar very heavy, but at the same time it gives it excellent sustain. The action of the strings is nice and low and the neck allows for some fast lead playing. The machine heads work superbly and are very efficient at keeping the guitar in tune.

I bought this guitar new in January 2000 and have only used it at home. It has never been gigged and is in excellent condition. There is, however, one small flaw, namely a small crack inside the perspex body itself, adjacent to one of the bolts holding the neck in place. The guitar was in this condition when I bought it. The "crack" shows no sign of spreading, and the instrument seems to be structurally sound despite this small flaw.

The sound is superb, the guitar is a joy to play, and looks really neat into the bargain. The only reason I am selling is because I have one six string electric guitar too many and one of them has to go! This poor beastie was simply getting overlooked in favour of my other instruments (a Fernandes sustainer guitar and a 7-string, so this poor guitar is basic in comparison)*. It would make someone a great visual and very playable instrument. This guitar deserves to be played and to be seen.

This guitar is being auctioned on eBay, now! (Auction over. Sold for £180)

* This is not the whole story: I need to sell this guitar so I can afford to pay for a fretless Fender Jazz Bass. Is that a good enough reason to sell, do you think?

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